Staff Pick: Intensive Chrono Cellular Treatment (ICCT) by Valmont

Staff Pick: Intensive Chrono Cellular Treatment (ICCT)
Wrinkles? Sagging skin? Looking for a home care product to support all of those magical things the estheticians at Rescue Rittenhouse Spa do to your skin during your visit? Look no more. While we can’t do it alone, we can offer you a cutting-edge product that can assist you in achieving the skin you’ve always wanted. The ICCT program from Valmont works on stimulating the cutaneous functions of the skin. Imagine what using the ICCT in conjunction with Refirme or Ematrix would do for your skin. The Refirme stimulates collagen formation, tightens the skin and smooths lines and wrinkles. Ematrix targets surface imperfections and sub-dermal integrity. The 4 week course of ICCT will show results for 3-6 months and should be repeated 2-4 times per year. Speak with an esthetician today to see how the ICCT program will work for you.

Samantha Lowe


Love is in the air, and Rescue Rittenhouse Spa has created the perfect Valentine’s specials for you and your sweetheart!

Champagne and a Rose Petal Mani/Pedi Duo: Enjoy some Rest and Relaxation with your loved one while receiving a relaxing Manicure and Pedicure with a rose petal soak and sipping a glass of the bubbly. $140 for two

Side by Side 90 minute Hot Stone Massage w/ Cocoa Aromatherapy: The warmth of the stones soothe your muscles while the scent of cocoa calms your soul. Relax afterward and finish with a mug of hot chocolate. $300 for two

Love the Skin You’re In: The ultimate facial experience, designed just for you! Start your facial with a soothing steam followed by a skincare consultation, microdermabrasion, rejuvenating massage, and finished off with customized serums and our famous electric current treatment. Stay and relax with a “Get Gorgeous” tea ceremony. $175

*Gift Certificates Available

We will also be open on Sunday, February 13th in honor of Valentine’s Day. Secure your appointment by booking now.

Re-educate your facial muscles

“Skin cells go dormant as we age (it begins at age 30), and facial muscles start to lose their memory. The result: skin laxity, drooping eyelids and jowls. But thanks to new technology you can make your facial muscles smarter. Microcurrent treatments are now becoming available (check with your aesthetician) which helps to reeducate facial muscles. This treatment was first used in physical therapy but
has now been applied to aesthetics. Within about 15 minutes you can get a noticeable eye lift or painless facelift—the results only last about 3 days though (long enough for a special occasion). For best results you’ll need to have the process repeated about 6 times.”

Dr. Zein Obagi MD


I recently had a client on my table who had a very difficult time releasing. He was “like stone” (as we therapists love to say) and no matter how much force I applied, very little change was occurring to his musculature. I quickly realized the problem: this client was NOT BREATHING. One of my favorite guilty pleasure musicians, Alanis Morisette, was interviewed about a tattoo on her wrist which reads, simply: BREATHE. She said self-deprecatingly, “What kind of person needs to be reminded to breathe?” Well, apparently a vast majority of us do, Alanis. You are not alone.

I work with clients to realize the importance of deep, conscious breathing while they are receiving massage. This simple act can transform a deeply contracted area into one that has healthy circulation and a higher functionality and connectedness to the rest of the body. This simple technique of conscious breathing is especially important when receiving deeper work.

While on the table, gently concentrate on slowing down your breath. To start simply: take a nice slow inhalation, hold the breath comfortably for a second and then exhale slowly. With time, as those of you who practice yoga already know, your inhalation will slow down. This allows your body to metabolize a greater percentage of the oxygen you are taking in. Then you can begin to hold the space between inhalation and exhalation. This is partly mental discipline but also, I believe, helps to increase your own awareness of your body. Finally, a slow exhalation allows your body to expel more noxious gases from the body. This entire process done slowly and with awareness can do wonders to: lower levels of stress chemicals like cortisol, (as I’ve said) heighten awareness of your body, stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (responsible for the relaxation response/ “rest and digest”), and can act to distract you as a client from any discomfort that deeper more directed pressures from a massage therapist may cause.

More esoterically, yogis and meditative masters have long understood the power of the breath to move prana/chi/life force in, around and through the body. They know that the breath moves many of your bodily, mental and (if you will) spiritual functions to a greater place of balance and efficiency. I have seen this simple practice of coming back to the breath, coming back to the moment transform my experience of myself, help clients with severe and chronic pain and turn a massage treatment into a total experience outside of the fast and sometimes vapid daily routine.

I will leave you with one last practice that you can add to your simple breathing exercises. This comes from the Vietnamese Zen Master and all around cool dude, Thich Nhat Hanh. While you are breathing consciously, you can practice these thoughts to yourself, or come up with whatever will help you achieve calm awareness best: Breathing in, I know I am breathing in. Breathing out, I know I am breathing out. “Breathing in, I feel calm. Breathing out, I feel at ease.” I am not struggling anymore. Calm/ease.” And then, “Breathing in, I smile. Breathing out, I release all my worries and anxieties. Smile/release.”

Be well, beautiful readers!

Massage Therapist,
Andrew Marsh

Sweet Freedom at Rescue Rittenhouse Spa

For those of you who have stuck to your new year’s resolutions without rewarding yourself, the time has come to indulge! Sweet Freedom bakery will be sharing their delicious vegan and gluten-free treats at Rescue Rittenhouse Spa during the last two Saturdays in January. Go ahead… schedule a service, detox in the steam room, relax with a cup of tea and indulge in a delicious baked good from Sweet Freedom. Enjoy the low-guilt, healthier alternative to all of those Christmas cookies you’ve finally worked off. After all, you deserve it.

New Year Resolution Tips

Beautiful skin is a long term commitment.  I encourage women to stick to the basics, not to over-commit at the beginning. Simplify your beauty routine, but don’t skip it.

  • Make sure you cleanse well.  I recommend the Clarisonic Pro brush especially if your skin is oily and you have large pores.
  • After cleansing use a mild lactic acid based product like Lotion P50 to exfoliate gently.
  • Since it’s winter I like to use a serum like Fluide VIP O2 in the morning followed by a moisturizer with an SPF.
  • At night it’s time for repair.  Cleanse, tone, and use products full of antioxidants, peptides, retinols and Vitamin C.  My favorite is Environ’s AVST or Valmont Factor III, they both contain all of the above.
  • Always use eye cream.
  • Don’t forget to include your neck & decollete.
  • Apply a moisturizer with an SPF on the back of your hands.

Remember good grooming is always in style.  A perfectly prepped face saves mirror time in the morning so get facials regularly and make sure your eyebrows are shaped well.

The balance between body and mind can affect the appearance of the skin.  Exercise, meditate, drink plenty of water, eat healthy.  Smile and be happy, that’s the best cosmetic!

Beauty Aficionado Founder & Aesthetician,

Danuta Mieloch


Lit-From-Within Facial

“Lit-From-Within-Facial” Featured in Town & Country Weddings: Spring/Summer 2011

PHILADELPHIA: Rescue Rittenhouse Spa, Danuta MielochBio-Lift Facial, $200.

The words “glowing” and “bride” go hand in hand.  But by the time the big day arrives, most women feel about as radiant as a dim bulb.  While heavy exfoliation and blackhead extractions aren’t going out of style anytime soon, microcurrent treatments that use electrical currents to target facial muscles have brides signing in droves.  Microcurent facials have the benefit of being completely noninvasive.  Plus, the treatments have immediate (if not incredibly long-lasting) benefits.  The microcurrent works by “exercising” and toning the facial muscles.  It’s basically a low-level electric stimulation that helps contract the muscles all over the face to give a lifted appearance.  There’s no downtime and it’s painless.  The treatment works best when done in a series, with the last one performed close to D-day.  If it’s a slightly older bride in her mid-thirties or forties, you could even do the last treatment the day before the wedding.  It hides the effects of stress on the face.  People do come out with a real twinkle in their eyes and that glow from the inside.